LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 29: Crockett Gillmore #10 of the Colorado State Rams misses catching a pass in the end zone during a game against the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium October 29, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Colorado State Vs. UNLV: Wild 4th Quarter Give Rebels 38-35 Win Over Rams

The Colorado State Rams visited the UNLV Rebels this weekend, making for an exciting and tragic clash of mid-major lightweights.

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Colorado State Rams Vs. UNLV Rebels Recap: Wild 4th Quarter Give Rebels 38-35 Win

After a back-and-forth first half, the Colorado St. Rams and UNLV Rebels did not disappoint in the second half, scoring a combined 29 points in the fourth quarter alone.

Unfortunately for the Rams faithful, a late interception in field goal range spelled their doomed, despite taking the lead on four separate occasions. The fourth quarter began with the Rams trailing 24-20, but in their first drive of the final quarter, the Rebels drove 73 yards for a 1-yard Dionza Bradford touchdown run and a 31-20 lead.

The Rams responded quickly, driving from the 23 yard line for a 12-yard Pete Thomas touchdown run. With the score narrowed to 27-31, the Rams offense got the ball back only to fumble it away within field goal range. The Colorado State defense stiffened once again, though, setting up a blocked 34-yard field goal attempt.

Reinvigorated and set up on their own 4 yard-line, the Rams offense jammed in another Chris Nwoke touchdown run, giving Colorado St. a 35-31 lead with less than 4:30 remaining.

Unfortunately, the Rams defense could not hold again, as Caleb Herring and Dionza Bradford quickly drove for a decisive touchdown and a 38-35 lead. Pete Thomas was able to move the Rams offense to the UNLV 28 yard line, but Tani Maka picked him off with less than a minute remaining, giving the Rebels a heart-breaking win.

For more on this and other Mountain West Conference football matchups, be sure to visit Mountain West Connection as well as SB Nation's college football news hub.

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